Former NBC News Anchor Tom Brokaw to Deliver Rudin Lecture at CCNY Thursday, December 1

NEW YORK, November 22, 2005 — Tom Brokaw, anchor and managing editor of “NBC Nightly News” for 21 years, will deliver the Fall 2005 Samuel Rudin Distinguished Visiting Scholar Lecture at The City College of New York (CCNY) 5:30 p.m. Thursday, December 1, in The Great Hall, Shepard Hall. His address, “It’s Time to Reinvest as Citizens,” will come one year to the day that he stepped down as anchor.

One of the most trusted and respected figures in broadcast journalism, Mr. Brokaw continues to work for NBC News, reporting and producing documentaries and providing expertise during breaking news events. He has recently reported a series of hour-long documentaries, “Tom Brokaw Reports,” tackling such diverse topics as the war on terror, evangelicalism in America, literacy, affirmative action, drunk driving, corporate scandals, immigration policies and education.

Mr. Brokaw has a distinguished record as a political reporter. He has covered every presidential election since 1968 and was NBC’s White House correspondent during the Watergate scandal (1973-1976). In addition, Mr. Brokaw has written articles, essays and commentary for several publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, Time, Sports Illustrated, Life, National Geographic, Outside and Interview.

His documentary reporting has earned him numerous awards, including the coveted Peabody Award and the Alfred I. DuPoint-Columbia University Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism. Mr. Brokaw received an Emmy for his “China in Crisis” special report and for his reporting on the 1992 floods in the Midwest. In 1990, he won a National Headliner Award from the National Conference of Christians and Jews for advancing the understanding of religion, race and ethnicity.

Among his other honors are the Records of Achievement Award from the Foundation for the National Archives; the George Catlett Marshall Medal, the Association of the U.S. Army’s highest award, and fellowship in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. And while its anchor, “NBC Nightly News” won the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award for Best Newscast four years in a row.

Mr. Brokaw began his journalism career in 1962 at KMTV in Omaha, Neb. He anchored the late evening news on Atlanta’s WSB-TV in 1965 before joining KNBC-TV in Los Angeles. He was hired by NBC News in 1966 and from 1976 to 1981 anchored NBC News’ “Today” program. In 1998, Mr. Brokaw became a best-selling author with the publication of The Greatest Generation.


The Samuel Rudin Distinguished Visiting Scholars Program, named for Samuel Rudin, the civic and philanthropic leader who graduated from CCNY in 1918, was initiated in 1996. Supported by a grant from The May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, Inc., it provides an opportunity for members of the City College community to interact with outstanding scholars, civic and business leaders, thereby enriching the educational experience on campus. The program is also intended to foster communication in the academic community of New York City.

Previous Rudin Scholars have included: Nobel Prize winner and cancer researcher Dr. Harold E. Varmus; veteran journalist Walter Cronkite; Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson; Frederick P. Rose, Director of the Hayden Planetarium; former Congresswoman Patricia S. Schroeder; Abraham H. Foxman, National Director, the Anti-Defamation League, and author Walter Mosley (CCNY ‘91MA).


For 158 years, The City College has provided high-quality, affordable education for New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines. Over 12,200 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in the College of Liberal Arts and Science, the School of Education, the School of Architecture, the School of Engineering, and the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education.

For more information on Tom Brokaw’s Samuel Rudin Distinguished Visiting Scholars Lecture at CCNY, please call (212) 650-6145. City College is located at 138th Street and Convent Avenue, Manhattan.

Contact: Jay Mwamba, 212/650-7580,